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        LTO sets operating guidelines for Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers

        Including inspection fees and corresponding penalties
        by John Paulo Aguilera Jan 14, 2021
        PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

        Less than a month after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) began shutting down old emission testing centers, the Land Transportation Office has issued the operating guidelines for Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVIC).

        The new facilities, which use a 60-point inspection process, must connect to the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) via a DOTr-accredited Value-Added Service Provider as part of the updated procedure. This means that data transmission should be done in real-time to conform with the standards of concerned agencies.

        According to the circular, only vehicle registration applications with a completed Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR) from an authorized PMVIC will be accepted by the LTO. The MVIR contains the following:

        • Vehicle information and specification
        • Name and adress of owner/operator
        • PMVIC location
        • Pass/fail status of all items in all stage of inspection
        • MVIR security number
        • General analysis
        • Signature of supervising technician
        • LTMS transmission Information


        The LTO will set the pass/fail inspection standards for each test in a separate memo. All tests results will be sent to the LTMS.

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        Applicants need to prepare a certain amount for inspection fees, which vary from one vehicle to another. Those who own vehicle with a gross weight of or greater than 4,500kg will be charged P1,500 and P750 for inspection and re-inspection, respectively.

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        Motorcycle and tricycle riders have to bring at least P600 (plus P300 fo re-inspection), while it’s P300 (P150) for jeepney drivers and operators.

        As for operational requirements, PMVICs must have at least one Motor Vehicle Inspection Technician (MVIT) stationed at each light vehicle and/or motorcycle lane. An MVIT should at least possess an NC II TESDA Automotive Servicing certification or its equivalent.

        The inspection facilities will be allowed to operate for two shifts or up to 18 hours max, Monday to Sunday, including holidays.

        A PMVIC caught violating the regulations and issuances of the committee, as well as the terms and conditions of the Authorization Certificate, can be slapped with the following penalties:

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        • 1st offense: P200,00 and 30-day suspension
        • 2nd offense: P500,00 and 60-day suspension
        • 3rd offense: cancellation of authorization

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        PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

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